WHEN: Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20

WHERE: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Congress Center, Level 2, Room Spektrum

Free attendance for all Frankfurter Buchmesse exhibitors and trade visitors

Featured Speakers


Núria Cabutí
CEO, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial


Trasvin Jittidecharak
Founder, Silkworm Books


Charlie Redmayne
CEO, HarperCollins UK


Peter Warwick
President and CEO, Scholastic


Shereen Kreidieh
Publisher, Dar Asala


Sven Fund
Senior Director, Knowledge Unlatched


Niko Pfund
President and Academic Publisher, Oxford University Press USA


Ama Dadson
Founder & CEO, AkooBooks Audio


Arabella Pike
Publishing Director, William Collins Books


Urpu Strellman
Literary agent and CEO, Helsinki Literary Agency

2022 Forum Program

Wednesday, October 19

The program language is English, and attendance is free for all Frankfurter Buchmesse exhibitors and trade visitors.

Date/Time (CET) Session Information
10:00 – 10:45 am

Executive Talk: Charlie Redmayne, CEO, HarperCollins UK

With Frankfurter Buchmesse coming together in its largest gathering since the onset of the pandemic, the new Publishing Perspectives Forum opens with this discussion of realities on the ground and what to watch for as the industry moves forward.


11:00 – 11:45 am

The "Cost" of Doing Business in 2022

From paper shortages and supply chain disruptions to inflation, energy costs, staffing, and even non-financial "costs" that impact the industry. How are these changes affecting the book business and what are the best paths forward?

  • Maddalena Fossombroni, Bookseller and CEO, Todo Modo – Italy
  • Sidharta Ochoa, Founder, Abismos Editorial — Mexico
  • David Taylor, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition International, Ingram Content Group — United Kingdom
  • Moderator: Erin L. Cox, US Publicist, Frankfurter Buchmesse — United States
12:00 – 12:45 pm

The Future of Storytelling and Engagement

Technology, globalization, and diversification have expanded the way we look at book publishing and how we engage with readers. In this forward-looking panel, we will discuss how publishing is expanding into new platforms and finding writers and readers where we may not have looked before.


  • Lex Brookman, Marketing and Communications Consultant, Tandem Collective — United Kingdom
  • Sam Taylor, Film producer and Founder, Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) — United Kingdom
  • Moderator: Erin L. Cox, US Publicist, Frankfurter Buchmesse — United States
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Executive Talk: Jonny Geller on Books-to-Screen Development

As the demand for motion picture and television content increases, studios and film producers are turning more to book publishers and authors for content. In July, United Talent Agency (UTA) acquired London's 123-year old literary agency Curtis Brown Group and its production companies, sparking chatter in Hollywood. In this conversation, Curtis Brown CEO Jonny Geller talks about about this unique merger and what the trend is now for publishers, their writers, and their Hollywood prospects.


  • Jonny Geller, CEO, Curtis Brown — United Kingdom
  • Moderator: Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives — United States
2:00 – 2:45 pm

Growing the Book Business in the Arab World

With both potential and challenges, the Arab world presents publishers with a complex business environment. Sponsored by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.


3:00 – 3:45 pm

How the Article-Based Economy is Transforming Research Publishing

Academic publishing is changing significantly as its operating system moves away from big deals and more towards the new realities of an article-based economy. While a major driver of this change is open access, the impact is being felt far beyond just a shift in access to content. New players are entering the field, new ways of working are evolving, patterns in searching and discovering content are changing, and new intermediaries are emerging to support the changing requirements. The panel will look at the evolving landscape of scholarly publishing from the perspective of all relevant stakeholder groups.


  • Tobias Kuhn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam — Netherlands
  • Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Research Publishing, Wiley — United States
  • Philipp Hess, Head of Publisher Relations, ResearchGate — Germany
  • Dr. Olaf Ernst, Chief Solutions Officer, oable — Germany
  • Dr. Irina Sens, Head of Library Operations, TIB Hannover — Germany
  • Moderator: Sven Fund, Senior Director, Knowledge Unlatched — Germany

Speakers at the 2022 Publishing Perspectives Forum

Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives — United States

Porter Anderson (BA, MA, MFA) is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, the daily news medium for the international trade publishing industry. Anderson was formerly with CNN,, and CNN International–as well as the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, The Bookseller and other news outlets. He was named London Book Fair’s  International Trade Press Journalist in the fair’s 2019 International Excellence Awards. In addition to his career in news coverage, Anderson has worked as a diplomat with the United Nations, posted to the world headquarters of the World Food Programme in Rome. He has also served as Executive Media Producer of INDEX: Design to Improve life, the Danish government’s award for humanitarian design, a program that enjoys the patronage of HRH Frederik, Prince of Denmark. Anderson is a frequent speaker on the international publishing stage, in trade shows and book-fair settings in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East.

Sherif Bakr, Publisher, Al Arabi Publishing — Egypt

Sherif Bakr has worked in publishing, and at Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing, since 1997. Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing was founded in 1975, and its #Different_Books series, launched in the past 10 years, includes over 200 titles from 55 countries.

Bakr also served as general secretary of the Egyptian Publishing Association, where he was responsible for the development of epublishing for four years. He is an elected member of the International Publishing Association’s Freedom to Publish Committee, a member of the Book and Publication Committee of the Supreme Council of Culture (Cairo), and part of Egypt’s Export Council for Printing, Packaging, Paper, Literary and Artistic Works.

Benas Berantas, literary agent and Founder, Book Smugglers Agency — Lithuania

Benas Berantas is the first and currently the only independent rights agent from Lithuania, working with books for young readers. He graduated from Vilnius University with first-class degree in publishing and worked as a rights executive and senior acquisitions editor at a leading Lithuanian children's publishing house, Nieko rimto, for five years. In 2017 Benas established himself as a rights agent with the goal to promote awarded and notable Lithuanian children’s authors and illustrators abroad and to create opportunities for their books to reach new audiences worldwide. For this reason the Book Smugglers Agency has been founded. During 5 years of activity it has become the main contact for books from Lithuania and has a rights catalogue of more than 100 titles available from major Lithuanian publishing houses, as well as independent publishers and authors. The agency also brings exceptional books for translation from languages other than English to Lithuania. Apart from being an agent, Benas also writes books for children and plays bass ukulele as part of book events in Lithuania.

Juergen Boos, President and CEO, Frankfurter Buchmesse — Germany

Juergen Boos (Lörrach, Germany, 1961) was trained as a publisher at Herder Verlag (Freiburg) in the early 1980s and has degrees in both Marketing and Organisational Theory. He has held management positions at Droemer Knaur Verlag (Munich), Carl Hanser Verlag (Munich), as well as Springer Science and Business Media (today Springer Science) and John Wiley & Sons (Weinheim).

He became President and CEO of the Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH (Frankfurt Book Fair) in 2005 and is President of LITPROM (Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature) and Managing Director of LitCam (Frankfurter Buchmesse Literacy Campaign).

He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of Sheikh Zayed Book Award and a member of Akademie Deutscher Buchpreis (German Book Prize Academy). (Photo: Bernd Hartung)

Lex Brookman, Tandem Collective — United Kingdom

Lex Brookman has been a long-time member of Tandem Collective, a global marketing agency with a focus on community building, partnerships and peer-to-peer marketing initiatives, predominantly servicing the publishing industry. She's seen the agency grow from two to thirty-two and has been influential in business development, growth and strategy, acting as a project manager across a multitude of campaigns, implementing social media training for authors and publishers, and most recently launching a supportive network for freelance creatives, inspired by Tandem's own team structure, The Freelance(r) Hub.

Núria Cabutí, CEO, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial — Spain

Núria Cabutí was born in Barcelona and holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds a BA in Economics from Oxford Brookes University and an MBA from IESE Business School. She started her career at Bertelsmann in 1992 as a financial analyst and has developed her professional career in the publishing sector. In 1998 she was appointed Marketing Director for Plaza & Janés and Communications Director. She also became Editorial Director for the Children and Young adult Division of Random House Mondadori and she was also responsible for the management of the Debolsillo imprint. In 2010 she was appointed CEO and Managing Director for Random House Mondadori. In 2013 she became CEO of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, with operations in nine countries, and a member of Penguin Random House International Board. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board and the Executive Committee of Bertelsmann since 2021. She is Vice-President of the Cercle d'Economia and sits on the Board of Directors of AED; she is a member of the Supervisory Board of Barcelona Global, the Board of Trustees of the Universitat Ramón Llull and the Advisory Board of the Fundación Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón.

Núria Cabutí has extensive experience in working with international teams and in corporate acquisitions and operational integrations, which was materialised with the purchase of Santillana Ediciones Generales (2014), Ediciones B (2017), and Ediciones Salamandra and Edicions La Campana (2019). In addition, in 2021 the Group acquired from RBA the publishing imprints Molino, Serres, and La Magrana, as well as the 20/20 Editora group with all its imprints in Portugal, making Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial the market leader in Spanish-language publishing.

Erin L. Cox, US Publicist, Frankfurter Buchmesse — United States

Erin L. Cox has worked in publishing for over 20 years, as a publicist at Scribner and HarperCollins, book publishing director at The New Yorker, and Business Development Director at Publishing Perspectives. Currently, Erin is a PR/Marketing consultant and manages the US publicity for Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Ama Dadson, Founder and CEO, Akoobooks Audio — Ghana

Ama Dadson is the Founder & CEO of AkooBooks Audio Ltd, Ghana's first publisher and a digital streaming platform for Black/African audiobooks and spoken word. Founded in 2017, she was inspired by her mother, a children's book author who lost her sight, to create accessible African audiobooks. Before devoting her work fulltime to AkooBooks Audio, Ama worked at the University of Ghana for over a decade and a half in several capacities including Deputy Director of IT Services. Ama also previously worked for UNEP DTIE, where she acted as adviser on matters related to ICT and e-sustainability and assisted with UNEP industry outreach activities, in particular those related to the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS). Ama was awarded Women in Tech Africa Startup of the Year in 2021. She has previously served as a jury member for the Prix Ars Electronica Digital Communities category.

Dr. Olaf Ernst, Chief Solutions Officer, Oable

Olaf has been within the media and publishing industry for over 20 years. After receiving his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Jena in Germany, he started his career at the Bertelsmann AG in 2001. At Springer Science, he has been responsible for its eBook and Business Media programs from 2005, while serving at the Executive Management Board as the President of eProduct Management and Innovation. In this capacity, he focused on developing value adding digital customer solutions. In the United Kingdom, he joined IOP Publishing, a leading society publisher in physics, as a Commercial Director and Member of the Executive Board in 2011, to support global sales growth and deliver innovative product solutions.

Now at KnowledgeUnlatched (KU), a Wiley brand, Olaf is supporting and developing customer solutions from a commercial point of view, focusing specifically on Oable, an Open Access Management solution for institutions.

Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Research Publishing Wiley — United Kingdom

Liz Ferguson is Senior Vice President of Wiley’s global Research Publishing organization. With more than 20 years experience in STM publishing, she defines and leads Wiley’s publishing strategy. She is responsible for teams managing nearly 2,000 journals, working with our society partners and editors, developing open access strategy and wider open research efforts, and implementing new operational standards for editorial workflows including in research integrity and publishing ethics.

Prior to this role, Liz was VP, Open Research from 2018-2021. She led open access strategy for Wiley including development of transformative business models, external engagement, and open publishing policies across Wiley and the newly acquired Hindawi. From 2015-2018 she was VP, Editorial Development, setting subject and journal development strategy across Wiley’s global program, led the development of Wiley’s open data strategy from 2013-2015, and from 2008-2013 was responsible for Wiley’s journal program in biology. Before joining Wiley, Liz held Publisher and other editorial positions at various STM publishing companies including Blackwell, Wolters Kluwer and Thomson Science. She is currently a member of the STM Association Board, of the Royal Society’s Publishing Board and of the Academic Publishing in Europe Program Committee, as well as being a frequent speaker and chair at industry and academic meetings.

Maddalena Fossombroni, Bookseller and CEO, Todo Modo — Italy

Maddalena Fossombroni is an active bookseller and CEO of the Todo Modo bookstore in Florence, Italy. After graduating in International Public Law from the Florence Law Faculty, she taught Law for several years and then started working as project manager in cultural development for some institutions (Santa Maddalena Foundation, Accenture, Pitti Immagine). In 2013 she founded Todo Modo with the intention of creating a bookshop that would serve the community and act as an igniter of ideas.

Todo Modo is not just a bookshop, but is also a communication agency specializing in e-commerce and company consultancy. In 2022 Todo Modo created the Italian Book Fair "Testo" for Pitti Immagine.

Sven Fund, Senior Director, Knowledge Unlatched — Germany

Sven is the Senior Director of Knowledge Unlatched, which is a part of Wiley since December 2021. He holds a degree in European Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Political Science from Muenster University. Prior to working with KU, Sven worked as a consultant on digitization, was the CEO of Berlin-based publisher De Gruyter and served in different functions from MD to Executive Board member at what is now SpringerNature. He is a lecturer in Library & Information Science at Humboldt University in Berlin. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

Jonny Geller, CEO, Curtis Brown — United Kingdom

Jonny Geller joined Curtis Brown in 1993 as an assistant after a short career as an actor. He became a literary agent in 1995 after discovering a novel on the unsolicited pile which went on to sell rights around the world. After taking part in a Management Buyout in 2001, he became CEO of the Agency in 2012 and is now CEO of The Curtis Brown Group, the parent company of Curtis Brown agency, C&W, Ed Victor Ltd, Curtis Brown Creative (CBC), Tavistock Wood, Markham Froggatt and Irwin, Cuba Productions and Chair of CBC.

Jonny represents a wide range of globally significant writers. Novelists, memoirists, Journalists, former Prime Ministers, thought leaders, business people, actors, musicians and screenwriters. (Photo credit: Dean Belcher)

Wil Harris, CEO, Unbound — United Kingdom

Wil Harris is a British digital media entrepreneur based in London. In 2022, he became CEO of Unbound, a publishing house for the modern age. Its direct-to-consumer crowdfunding model takes the best elements of the traditional publishing industry and combines them with the power of digital community.

He was formerly Head of Digital for Condé Nast UK, where he drove digital growth and innovation at the esteemed group, including the launch of new video and programmatic ventures.

In 2007 he founded, with Justin Gayner, the YouTube Multi-Channel Network ChannelFlip. Wil is a regular guest and commentator on technology, having appeared on podcasts including This Week in Tech, DLC and Daily Tech News Show, and has written for GQ, BBC News Online, and The Register.

Philipp Hess, Head of Publisher Relations, ResearchGate GmbH — Germany

Philipp Hess is head of publisher relations at ResearchGate and is responsible for the content-related partnerships on the platform. Prior to that he has led publisher relations at Knowledge Unlatched, helping publishers in their business transformation towards Open Access. He holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen and the Universität der Künste Berlin in Leadership in Digital Communication and has studied Engineering and Industrial Design in the Netherlands and Japan.

Pei-shan Huang, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Slowork Publishing — Taiwan

Huang graduated from Department of Theatrical Design of Taipei National University of the Arts, and studied contemporary art in Marseille, France. She started to learn about European comics and independent comics during her study abroad. She was inspired by the graphic novels such as Persopolis, Maus, or La Revue Dessinée in France and therefore motivated her to promote documentary comics in her comics career.

Founded Slowork Publishing in 2013, Huang is the publisher, editor and printer of the publishing house. Slowork Publishing focuses on publishing original graphic novels, with “diversity” at the core and “exploring truth” as the creative starting point. Assembles creators from countries across East Asia and South-East Asia to search for an illustrated narrative style that belongs uniquely to Asia.

Nathan Hull, Chief Strategy Office, Beat Technology — United Kingdom

Nathan Hull is Chief Strategy Officer at Beat Technology and takes responsibility for its expansion beyond the Nordics. Already the pulse within Skoobe (DE), Fabel (NO), Chapter (DK), Echo (RO), and JukeBooks (GR), Beat will continue adding publisher-backed platforms to its portfolio throughout 2022. Prior to Beat, Nathan launched the curated Dutch service Bookchoice in 9 markets and was Chief Business Development Officer at Denmark’s Mofibo launching in two further markets. Notably, Nathan was also Penguin Random House’s Digital Product Director, with strategic responsibility for its award-winning digital portfolio and innovation strategy working closely with the likes of Stephen Fry, Jamie Oliver, Jeff Kinney, and Roald Dahl’s estate.

Trasvin Jittidecharak, Founder, Silkworm Books — Thailand

In 1991, Trasvin Jittidecharak founded Silkworm Books, a general independent publisher of English-language books. Silkworm’s publications are distributed in the US via the University of Washington Press. They are known among academics and students of Southeast Asia studies. It has been working on many publication projects with the most prestigious institution, École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO). Silkworm has published translation works from many languages to Thai and English.

Trasvin chaired the 30th International Publishers Association (IPA) Congress of the Organizing Committee, Bangkok, 2015. She sat on the Executive Committee of the IPA from 2012 to 2017. She was the Secretary-General of the ASEAN Book Publishers Association (ABPA), 2020–21. From 2017 to the present, Trasvin has been a member of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee.

Hannah Johnson, Publisher, Publishing Perspectives — United States

Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives, and to build partnerships with international cultural and publishing-related organizations. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on independent craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.

Jens Klingelhöfer, CEO and Co-Founder, Bookwire — Germany

Jens Klingelhöfer is CEO and co-founder of the internationally established digital PubTech company Bookwire ( with offices in Frankfurt, London, Barcelona, Paris, Sao Paulo and Mexico-City. Bookwire is specializing in marketing ebooks, digital audiobooks and print-on-demand products in all existing and emerging sales channels worldwide. The company works with over 2000 publishing houses for which it provides the world’s largest network and a fully integrated distribution and marketing platform solution “Bookwire OS”. Prior to the founding of Bookwire, he was a media manager in the music industry for over 10 years and was involved in many major and successful projects in music and entertainment.

Tom Kraushaar, Publisher, Klett-Cotta — Germany

Born in Düsseldorf in 1975, Tom Kraushaar has been Publishing Director of Klett-Cotta Verlag since 2007. After training as a publishing bookseller at Suhrkamp Verlag, Tom Kraushaar studied Modern German Literature, Italian Studies, and Business Administration at Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2005, together with Michael Zöllner, he founded Tropen Verlag in Berlin, which is now part of Klett-Cotta. In 2006, he was awarded the Karl Heinz Zillmer Prize for special publishing merits.

Shereen Kreidieh, General Manager, Dar Asala — Lebanon

Dr. Kreidieh established and manages Dar Asala, which has produced high-quality children’s books in Arabic since 1998. She also teaches children’s literature and social work at Haigazian University in Beirut. Dr. Kreidieh is an alumna of the British Council’s International Young Publishers and Cultural Leader program, and was on the Book and Reading Promotion committee for Lebanon’s Ministry of Culture. She currently serves as the president of Lebanese Board of Books for Young Children (the Lebanese chapter of IBBY) and is a member of IBBY International’s executive committee. Shereen was a member of Hans Christian Andersen Award jury in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a teaching diploma in early childhood education, a master’s in children’s literature, and a doctorate in publishing from Oxford Brookes University.

Tobias Kuhn, Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam — Netherlands

Tobias Kuhn is assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and starting entrepreneur focusing on how we can apply semantic technologies in a user-friendly manner to radically improve the communication of knowledge. He received his doctorate at the Institute of Computational Linguistics of the University of Zurich in 2010 for his dissertation on controlled English and knowledge representation. Later he worked as a postdoc and researcher at various institutions, including the University of Malta, Yale University, and ETH Zurich, and as a visiting researcher at University of Chile and Stanford University. Recently he has started his next endeavor as an entrepreneur with the aim to push scientific publishing to the next level by making research findings and their contexts machine-interpretable from the start.

Clemens Maier, CEO, Ravensburger — Germany

Clemens Maier is CEO of Ravensburger Group, an international group of several renowned toy and children's book brands, founded in 1883. In this role, Maier oversees product, sales, marketing, PR and corporate development. He joined Ravensburger in 2005, and served in several management roles before joining the executive board in 2011 and becoming CEO in 2017.

Maier received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Economics and Literature from University College London, and has worked for Nickelodeon International in London, Launchcenter 39 in New York, and Bertelsmann in New York. (Photo: Anja Koehler)

Sidharta Ochoa, Founder, Abismos Editorial — Mexico

Sidharta Ochoa founded Abismos Editorial where she is the director, current director of culture of Tecate Municipality. Author of the books: Tatema and Tabú, Aesthetics of Emancipation, and Radical Chick. She was a fellow in the Young Creators Category of FONCA and the Baja California State Fund category fiction three times (2009, 2011, 2015). She received the Brazilian Publishers scholarship 2019, the Pro Helvetia scholarship from the Swiss Arts Council (Switzerland) in the same year, the translation support scholarship from the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and DGLAB (2019) as well as the Scholarship for Publishers, Latvian Literature for Publishers 2019-2020 from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. Magdalena Mondragón National Literature Award in the Essay Category (2019). Camões Scholarship (Portugal) for translation and publication 2021.

Niko Pfund, Academic Publisher and President, Oxford University Press USA

Niko Pfund is the Academic Publisher and President of Oxford University Press, USA. A past president of the Association of University Press, he serves or has served on a number of boards and advisory groups, including those of the Digital Public Library of America, the Eurasia Group Foundation, the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers, and The Common (a literary magazine).

Arabella Pike, William Collins, Publishing Director — United Kingdom

Arabella publishes general non-fiction with a focus on history, politics, psychology, feminism, memoir, science, natural history, biography. She has a particular interest in foreign affairs, and in the politics of Russia, India and China especially. Over the past few months, Arabella has published books as varied as PUTIN’S PEOPLE – regarded as the best book on Putin’s Russia; KLEPTOPIA by Tom Burgis; LIFE BETWEEN THE TIDES by Adam Nicolson; ISLANDS OF ABANDONMENT by Cal Flyn; Patrick Radden Keefe’s SAY NOTHING, Samantha Power’s EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST and Max Hastings’ ABYSS. She is currently working with authors such as Daniel Kahneman, former Bank of England governor Mark Carney, the conductor/musician John Eliot Gardiner, leader of the Labour party Sir Keir Starmer, and historians Sujit Sivasundaram, Ramachandra Guha, Minna Salami and Anna Malaika Tubbs. She was awarded the first ‘Freedom to Publish’ Nibbie at the 2022 Bookseller Publishing Awards for her defence of Catherine Belton and Tom Burgis in the High Court.

Senja Požar, Senior Rights Manager, Mladinska knjiga — Slovenia

Senja Požar has been working in the publishing industry for more than 25 years. During this time she has held various positions including Head of Marketing, Editor and Developer of Digital Textbook Publishing, Editor-in-chief of the Reference Book Department, Editorial Director for educational publishing and Editor-in-chief for Magazines. Over the last six years she has been developing foreign sales and international cooperation at a highly professional level for two publishing houses in Slovenia. Senja Požar has built a new international network with thousands of contacts in publishing and therefore succeeded in selling rights for a book in the United States with a print run of forty thousand, which is still a record in her country. She has enhanced good connections with embassies throughout the world and is also currently working on projects for Frankfurt 2023 and Bologna 2024, where Slovenia will be the country in focus. Senja is a proud member and group expert of the group Publishers Without Borders, helping each other, providing useful information and being a wide multicultural publishing community with more than 4600 members.

Charlie Redmayne, CEO, HarperCollins UK

Charlie Redmayne is CEO of HarperCollins UK, with responsibility for the UK, Ireland, India and Australia, reporting to Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide.

Charlie first joined HarperCollins as Group Digital Director, and was promoted to Chief Digital Officer, based in HarperCollins’ head office in New York. He left HarperCollins in 2011 to set up Pottermore, JK Rowling’s digital publishing business, before returning as CEO in 2013.

At the start of his career Charlie served for four years as a lieutenant in the Irish Guards. He founded and ran the media buying company RCL Communications and entertainment business Blink TV, before launching leading UK teen internet company Mykindaplace Ltd in 2000, which he sold to BSkyB.

Charlie went on to become Head of Commercial Partnerships for the Sky Online Business Unit at BSkyB and joined HarperCollins UK as Group Digital Director in 2008.

Lawrence Schimel, author, publisher and translator — Spain

Lawrence Schimel is a bilingual (Spanish/English) author and literary translator based in Madrid, Spain. He has published over 120 books as author or anthologist, and has translated over 140 books, in a wide range of genres and for readers of all ages. His children's books have won a Zlata Hruska in Slovenia, a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, a White Raven, and have been chosen by IBBY three times for their Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities selection. His adult titles have won the Lambda Literary Award (twice), among other honors, and his translations have won a PEN Translates Award from English PEN (three times) and have been finalists for the Eisner Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and others. His work has been translated into over 50 languages, including Icelandic, Romansch, Maltese, Luxembourgish, and Slovenian. He is also the publisher of A Midsummer Night's Press, which has published 3 Slovenian poets in English translation, as well as poets from Lithuania, Holland, and Syria.

Dr. Irina Sens, Head of Library Operations, TIB - Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology — Germany

Dr. Irina Sens is head of library operations at the TIB - Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology. After completing her doctorate in chemistry, she completed a library traineeship. and has been working in academic librarianship for more than 25 years. She is a member of the DEAL group and various boards such as chemRXiv and DataCite.

Urpu Strellman, literary agent and CEO, Helsinki Literary Agency — Finland

Urpu Strellman (b. 1979) has worked in publishing for over 17 years, longest as an editor and a publishing manager. In the beginning of 2017, she started to head Helsinki Literary Agency, a joint venture of four Finnish publishing houses. For years she has also been teaching editing, writing and popularization of science. In addition to some articles, she has co-authored “The Nonfiction Writer’s Book” and a guide for writing with influence, and translated some titles from English and Swedish to Finnish.

David Taylor, Senior Vice President, Ingram Content Group — United Kingdom

David Taylor is Senior Vice President at Ingram Content Group and looks after Ingram’s print-on-demand activities outside Ingram’s US base. These include the Ingram-owned Lightning Source businesses in the UK and Australia and the two joint ventures in France and most recently in Sharjah, UAE. The Lightning Source Sharjah business is a joint venture with the Sharjah Book Authority and is based in the Sharjah Publishing City. His responsibilities also include Global Connect, the network of print-on-demand supply arrangements with partners in ten countries from Germany to South Korea. David has worked in the book trade since 1983 when he started as a bookseller on the shop floor at Blackwell’s in Oxford.

Sam Taylor, Film producer and Founder, Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) — United Kingdom

Sam Taylor’s first films were Milcho Manchevski’s Academy Award nominee Before the Rain and Benjamin Ross’ The Young Poisoner’s Handbook. She then founded Film and Music Entertainment UK and Ireland with EFA chair Mike Downey in 2000. She has a long history of collaboration with European filmmakers, partnering with more than 150 European partners on over 65 films, most recently being Rudolph Herzog’s How to Fake a War and Agnieksa Holland’s Charlatan and co-production Servants by Ivan Ostrochovsky. Transnational and European film making is the life blood of her company.

Peter Warwick, President and CEO, Scholastic — United States

Peter Warwick became President and CEO of Scholastic in August 2021, making him only the third CEO in Scholastic’s 101-year history. As CEO, Peter is responsible for Scholastic’s business strategy, and oversees all business segments and corporate functions. Prior to his appointment, Peter was an independent director on Scholastic’s Board for seven years (2014–2021)—a period in which the Company dramatically expanded its reach to global audiences and educators through the move into digital platforms and the creation of a number of new and innovative partnerships. While President & CEO, he continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

As CEO, Peter’s focus is on carrying out the vision set forth by Dick Robinson to be the most beloved brand in children’s publishing, while continuing to strengthen the company culture and create value for shareholders through a constant focus on innovation. To the role of CEO, Peter brings extensive management and operational expertise in education publishing and in the information and media industries. Previously, Peter held several senior leadership positions at Thomson Reuters, retiring from the company in 2018 from his role as Chief People Officer. At Thomson Reuters, he led successful transformation efforts to drive growth and profitability and helped accelerate the company’s global expansion. Peter originally joined the company in 1998 when it was then the Thomson Corporation, serving as CEO of its Legal and Regulatory businesses in the APAC region. In 2000, he moved to New York to be CEO of Thomson Tax & Accounting, and in 2005, he became CEO of Thomson Legal, the company’s largest business unit.

Rüdiger Wischenbart, Founder, Content and Consulting — Austria

Rüdiger Wischenbart, born in 1956 in Graz, Austria, is the founder of “Content and Consulting” (since 2003), and a writer specialized in culture, cultural industries, the global book markets, innovation in the book industry, literature, media, and communication.

Most recently, he co-founded ReBoot Books, a series of professional debates on the international book business (, and the Digital Consumer Book Barometer, a market report series with a focus on ebooks, audiobooks, online sales and subscription. ( Since 2007, he annually updates the Global 50 Ranking of the Publishing Industry (, co-authors the Diversity Report series n literary translation in Europe (since 2008,, and he coordinates SIDT, a collaborative project for innovation trainings under a Creative Europe grant (

A former Head of Communications at the Frankfurt Book Fair and Director of International Affairs at BookExpo America, Wischenbart authored several books on migration and modernization in Central and South East Europe, notably “Canettis Angst” (1994).